What would SA politics be without the insults?

2015-02-16 12:29

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Name calling and rhetoric are commonplace on the South African political scene. A politician’s currency seems to gain value with their use of colourful language.

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete’s recent reference to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema as a cockroach has sparked outrage among the red berets, who are themselves not economical with such jibes.

In fact, a few politicians have been on the receiving end of Malema’s vitriol.

Below is a selection of utterances that have made headlines and raised the ire of political opponents.

» Former Big Brother celebrity Brad Wood on Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon in 2004: “I don’t like you. To me you’re nothing more than a yapping chihuahua and a prime example of why I don’t want to be called a politician.”

» Malema on Helen Zille in 2009: “She, the racist little girl, must remember that [Jacob] Zuma is her boss.”

» At a rally in Stellenbosch marking the 66th birthday of the youth league in 2010, Malema called Zille a cockroach who must be voted out of power: “If Zille had her way, she would declare the Western Cape an independent republic. You have put a cockroach in Cabinet and we need to remove that cockroach by voting the ANC into power.”

» Malema on IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi in 2009: “The ANC Youth League is a factory that has produced the best [leaders], but while we have produced the best like [Nelson] Mandela, there was also Buthelezi, who was a factory fault.”

» Buthelezi responds to Malema in 2009: “Julius Malema is no more than an ill-bred brat whose behaviour is not only un-African, but crude by the standards of any culture in the world.”

» Malema on Minister Naledi Pandor in 2009: “She must use her fake accent to address our problems.”

» Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to DA MP David Maynier in 2012: “Keep your flea-infested body at peace and sit down.”

» AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on Zuma in 2013: “Zuma has a shower mentality, and a habit of not condomising.”

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